Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals President Andrea Leslie, center, talks to registered nurse Michelle Schroll, left, and nurse tech Mercedes Packard, right, in the hallway of the labor and delivery wing of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals welcome new president

Andrea Leslie decided to pursue a career in healthcare after watching her father battle cancer when she was 14. She was inspired by the way healthcare workers impacted her father’s life. Leslie worked her way up through the healthcare ranks and is now the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.

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New stained glass windows being installed at St. Charles Church

Nearly a quarter century ago, members of St. Charles Catholic Church celebrated the dedication of a new building of worship, rebuilt after having been struck by lighting and destroyed by fire.

But only a small portion of the original colorful, hand-crafted stained glass windows were able to be saved and installed in the cathedral as they sit today.

Ashley Caverly, 15, a Greenville High School junior, conceptualized and constructed a sensory garden for students at the Seiter Educational Center to interact with during outdoor breaks. She enjoys helping other people and is hoping to join the Peace Corps when she graduates from high school. — Courtesy photo

Girl Scout builds sensory garden for Seiter Center students

When Ashley Caverly, 15, a member of a local Girl Scouts group, set out to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award, her first thought was for an autistic student she’d met while helping out at the Seiter Education Center. Caverly said she liked working with this student because “he was really nice and never took it to heart if you told him he was wrong or anything.”

Dr. John Evans, an addiction specialist and the medical director of Victory Clinical Services in Saginaw, talks about the chemistry behind opiate addiction and dependence, medical treatment options to decrease dependence and alleviate addiction and other statistics surrounding addiction. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Area Community Center hosts prescription drug symposium

Charles Powers stood on the stage telling an audience of strangers about his son, Michael, a lump forming in his throat as he talked. Charles spoke about how Michael did well in school, had friends and was involved in theater. He said he never thought of his son as someone who would become an addict.

Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity Director Dave Mendrea talks with Chemical Bank Greenville branch teller Katie Hansen-Kirby on Monday’s Chemical Bank Cares Day where bank employees spent the day volunteering at the Habitat ReStore. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New Habitat for Humanity director excited to be on the job

Dave Mendrea is a recent retiree, but he wants to do more than just work on his golf game. He wants to make a difference in the lives of families. That’s why Mendrea chose to apply for the position of director of Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that aims to improve communities. Mendrea was chosen for the job earlier this year.

Teaching his students Friday, Dr. Mark Taylor, the music and band teacher at Flat River Academy, has brought back the instruction of both subjects to the school for the first time in several years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy renamed again, now Flat River Academy

Nearly two months ago, the Grattan Academy Board of Directors made the decision to change the longstanding name of the school as part of a rebranding effort.

But shortly after the decision was made on Aug. 6 to establish Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy as the school’s new name, a number of students voiced their displeasure with the decision.

Repair work will be performed this month on the bridge over the Flat River on West River Drive in Greenville, as expansion joints on the bridge have been leaking and the foundation has been eroding from the river. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hillcrest Street Bridge leaks to be repaired

Hoping to avoid future degradation, repair work on a city bridge over the Flat River will begin and end with a goal to finish by November.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved two motions related to work to be performed on the bridge on Greenville West Drive, which runs north and south over the Flat River.

Adrian DeCocqvandelwijnen plays drums with his punk band, Small Town Harlot,  during an August concert in Grand Rapids. Despite Adrian’s anti-inebriation lifestyle, he still enjoys playing shows even if that takes him to a bar on occasion. — Courtesy Photo/Renee Ricket Photography

Local young people committed to life without alcohol and drugs

There are a number of landmark birthdays throughout one’s life; milestones that people look forward to hitting as they age. At 16, it’s legal to get a driver’s license. At 18, it’s legal to vote. At 21, it’s legal to drink alcohol.

Samantha Russel, 17, shown here sitting in the senior commons of Greenville High School, is excited to go on to college and is driven to succeed wherever she goes next. She is a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville student a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Samantha Russel seems like an ordinary student. She’s funny, friendly and talkative. She’s involved in extracurriculars, including being the president of the National Honors Society and playing in the percussion section of the band. But she’s added an extraordinary accomplishment as a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program — the first Greenville High School student to boast that achievement since the early 2000s.

Therese Bush, a second grade teacher, sits with Brendan Furtaw, 7, and other students in the class during a free reading time at Baldwin Heights Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New focus on mentoring at Greenville Public Schools

Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.